Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Nov 8 & Tuesday Nov 12

Ever notice how, on American news shows, when talking heads refer to the Guardian they have to say “the Guardian newspaper”, I guess because referring to just “the Guardian” sounds passing strange over here, as if some great spook were being invoked. Well it was the jazz columnist of the Guardian—John Fordham, the human—who hipped me to the reissue of Paul Bley’s ‘70s and ‘80s albums for Soul Note and I thought Yes, let’s start this week’s show with an urgent version of Ornette Coleman’s When Will the Blues Leave? the question, the tune, featuring Bley, John Scofield, Steve Swallow and Barry Altschul live from New York, the city, in 1985, the year. Then the obligatory Sonny Meets Hawk version of All the Things You Are with Rollins’ bizarre solo and Bley’s piano lesson for a generation of young musicians. Outer partials! Bluesy recursions! Coleman Hawkins! Okay, so then Bley live with Ornette’s band at the Hillcrest in LA, 1958, and the fascinating sense you get about how much work Ornette must have put in to become who he was when he got to New York a year later with the whole thing worked out. And it’s autumn and I can’t stop listening to Brahms, so I put the Third Symphony on, with Klemperer and the Philharmonia, the orchestra. And there’s more, on Updoc, the show, on taintradio.org, not quite the station, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, you know what I mean, Eastern Standard Time time.Screen Shot 2013-11-03 at 5.50.05 AM

One Response to “Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Nov 8 & Tuesday Nov 12”

  1. Wonderful show. I wonder what you will play of Britten’s centennial next Friday, 11/22.